Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Weekly Newsletter, February 4

Feb 4, 2014

Capitol Update

Message from Congressman Cook on the Congressional Budget Office’s Report on Obamacare

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its budget & economic report on Obamacare. This latest report confirms that under Obamacare, millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs and those who keep them will see their hours and wages reduced. The president’s health care law creates uncertainty for small businesses, reduces take-home pay, and makes it harder to invest in new workers. I remain committed to creating jobs, putting American's back to work, and expanding the economy. We need to address the factors that drive our nation’s debt so that we don’t cripple generations to come.

I will continue to offer common-sense solutions to grow our economy, rein in federal spending, and protect the American people from the consequences of Obamacare. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 3121, the “American Health Care Reform Act,” a bill to repeal and replace President Obama’s healthcare law. H.R. 3121 safeguards individuals with pre-existing conditions by creating high-risk pools. These high-risk pools are capped at 200 percent of the average premium of the state. This plan extends existing health privacy protections and improves insurance portability. We need a real market-based solution, not a one-size-fits-all government scheme.

Congressman Cook Votes to Guarantee In-State College Tuition for Veterans
Congressman Cook voted in favor of H.R. 357, the “G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013.” This bill was introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and passed out of the House of Representatives with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote.

This legislation would expand educational opportunities for veterans by allowing them to attend the state-run higher education institution of their choice at the in-state tuition rate. This would assist veterans who typically move to different states after joining the military and are penalized by being charged out-of-state tuition if they choose to remain for college.

Said Cook, “When service members go to war, they don’t go to fight for their home states, they fight for their entire nation. Veterans who risk their lives fighting for the rights of this nation are heroes. They should be welcomed to any state college with open arms.”

District Update

Congressman Cook to Attend 2014 Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders celebration of African American History Month

The Civil Rights Movement is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders (DVL) Project is hosting the 2014 Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders celebration of African American History Month with a series of related programs, events, and displays throughout the month of February in High Desert.

On February 8th at 1:00 PM, Congressman Cook will attend the DVL Tribute Program at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center. This free event will recognize 14 local citizens as well as Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Mr. Garner Morris.

For more information, please visit

Military Academy Appointment
Congressman Cook is proud to announce Sang Wook Bae, a former intern in his Apple Valley District Office, received an early appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. The Congressman called Sang to formally congratulate him on his achievement. 

Veterans’ Corner
The Pat Tillman Foundation, founded in 2004, invests in veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships. The applications for the 6th Class of Tillman Military Scholars are being accepted now through March 6, 2014. These scholarships seek to provide assistance in pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private U.S.-based accredited institution.

Those eligible to be Tillman Military Scholars include veterans and active duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserve. The scholarship is also available to spouses of active members and veterans, as well as surviving spouses.

Tillman Military Scholars represent a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and ambitions. They are selected based on strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact on others through service.

For more information about the scholarship and to apply, please visit